Easy to understand guide on how to play online craps, complete with an overview of the different craps bets and list of casinos with craps tables.
Craps is based on a simplified version of a game known as Hazard. It took root in America in the 1800s and has remained one of the casino's most popular table games to this day.
When visiting a land-based casino, you cannot mistake the craps table. It will be packed with players and spectators loudly encouraging the shooter to roll a seven or whichever number is required to secure a win.
The online variant may lack the cheering crowds but the low house edge combined with all the different bets available, make it a very exciting and enjoyable game.
How to play online Craps
There are two distinct stages to a game of craps, but you don't need to know everything at once before you start shooting the dice. A game begins with the "come-out" roll. Players have a choice of two basic bets:
- Pass Line bet - 7 or 11 wins. 2, 3 and 12 lose.
- Don't Pass Line bet - 2 or 3 wins. 7 or 11 loses. 12 is a pushed bet (tie).
After placing a bet, the shooter will have two dice and the "come-out" roll is thrown. The 7 and 11 are known as a "natural" while shooting 2, 3 or 12 is called "crapping out" or simply "craps". Both the Pass and Don't Pass bets pay even money.
If the "come-out" roll was any other number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10), then that number is called the "point", which is the second phase of the game. The player's money from the original Pass/Don't Pass wagers are still on the table.
The objective now is to roll the "point" number to win the Pass Line bet. If you roll a seven, known as "Seven-Out" before the point, the Pass Line bet loses and the Don't Pass Line bet wins.
There are numerous other bets available on the table, which we'll cover below, but you only need to follow the absolute basics outlined above to start enjoying yourself at the craps table.
You don't need to know the rules before you play. There are certain bets you can place on any throw and some you can only place on the "come-out" throw or once the point has been established.
RNG games automatically block unavailable bets so you quickly pick up where and when you can bet throughout a round. Among the other wagers available are:
- Come/Don't Come bets - this is identical to the Pass/Don't Pass bet described above but you can only place this bet once the 'point' has been established. If you place a "Come" bet, you win if the next roll is 7 or 11 and lose if it is 2, 3 or 12. The "Don't Come" bet is the opposite with 12 being pushed as with the Don't Pass. A "Come Point" number is established if any other number is thrown.
- Place bets - this bet is on any of the 'point' numbers (4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10). A place to win bet is betting on your chosen number being thrown before a seven. There are slightly different payouts for each number depending on the mathematical probability of it appearing.
- Hard Way bets - you can bet on 4, 6, 8 or 10 the hard way. To win this bet, you must throw a double (for instance, hard way 6 is double 3) before a seven is thrown or any non-double combination that matches your chosen number.
- Big 6 or Big 8 bets - you can also bet on a six or eight being thrown before a seven. This bet only pays evens, so it is generally avoided by experienced players.
- Field bet - this is a single roll bet on the next number. When you bet the field, your money is on 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 and 12. Both 2 and 12 pay 2 to 1. If you roll a 6, 7 or 8 you lose the bet.
Strategies of craps
Now that you have learned how to play Craps and are familiar with its rules, we would like to show you certain strategies that will maximize your chances of winning at this game.
Please keep in mind that Craps offers some of the best returns of any game you will find among all gambling games. Therefore, those who make the effort to master it will be highly rewarded.
Throwing the dice
As you now know, you start the game by placing a bet and get to "throw" two virtual dice in what is referred to as the Come Out roll. The combined total of the value of the dice will determine whether a point is established:
- If on your first roll you got a total of 2, 3 or 12 then the round is over immediately and you lose.
- However, if you get a 7 or 11 then you will double your money.
It may seem like having 3 numbers in favor of the house versus 2 for the player is unfair, but in fact the margins are very slim since there are six different dice combinations which will give you a 7, versus just one combo for each of the other numbers.
So what happens if you don't roll any of the numbers above? Well, if you roll 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, then the point is established.
This means that the game is still in progress and a marker on the table will be turned to 'ON'.
Now you roll again and if you get the same number as you rolled the first time before you roll the number 7, then you win. This time we want to avoid the number 7 because it has changed from a number you want to see thrown to one which will lose you your money.
The information above describes the Pass Bet, which is the most popular bet in Craps and which is all you need to know to start playing the game right now.
With a house edge of just 1.41% this is one of the best bets in the casino and a great place to start.
An even better option is to take the Odds Bet after placing the Pass bet, but we will deal with that later in the article.
The Pass Bet
The most popular bet to make in Craps is the Pass Bet. This is a bet type that all casino players should make themselves familiar with as it offers great value with an excellent return to player of more than 98.5%.
However, in this article we are going to take a closer look at a bet in Craps which – believe it or not – offers a 0% house edge!
While a zero percent profit margin might seem like an unrealistic proposition in the world of online gaming, in fact it is entirely true and we are going to show you how to take advantage of this rare example of generosity.
The Don't Pass Bet
Players have the option to do the exact opposite of the Pass Bet described above, which is the Don't Pass Bet. When you place this bet you are going against the grain, and this time if the Come Out roll is either a 2 or a 3 you win, and you will lose if you hit a 7 or 11.
The number 12 is a Push in most online casinos, meaning that you get your money back if this appears first. When the point is established – in the same way as we outlined with the Pass Bet - the player who placed the Don't Pass bet wins if 7 comes first and loses if the point number appears before that 7.
It is effectively the opposite of the Pass Bet, which can make you pretty unpopular if you are the only one placing this bet at a land based casino!
The mythical bet in question is called the Odds, and is placed immediately after a Pass (or Don't Pass) bet.
Because of the high return to player on offer from this bet, it is not exactly advertised by casinos and in fact you won't even see a marked space on the table on which to place your chips.
The Odds bet can be placed following on from a Pass/Don't Pass or Come/Don't Come bet, but for the sake of this example let's take a look at how it works based on a regular Pass Bet.
Place your Pass Bet as normal, by putting your chips on the appropriate space on the table. Let's imagine that a 5 is rolled, meaning that this becomes the Point Bet.
Now we are trying to roll another 5 before a 7 appears in order to win, and this is where the Odds bet comes into play.
The Odds bet allows you to place a further bet to 'back up' the original Pass Bet and generally it can be between 3 and 5 times the value of your original bet. The reason to place this bet is that it pays true odds, meaning that it pays:
- 2-1 when the point you are trying to hit is 4 or 10.
- 3-2 when the point is 5 or 9.
- 6-5 when the point is 6 or 8.
You place the Odds bet by putting your chips immediately behind your original Pass bet, on a line that is highlighted when you hover above it.
You will see that the space is not marked on the table, so only those familiar with the Odds bet will be able to take advantage of this great value bet.
You will also be allowed to remove an Odds bet if it has not yet been resolved should you have a change of heart and feel that it's not going to come in.
The Come/Don't Come Odds bet is placed immediately beneath your bets as well, and again they pay out based on true odds with no profit margin deducted for the house.
Online craps is an action-packed game that keeps you thoroughly engaged because you are playing as the shooter. This keeps you at the heart of the action at all times. If you're a newcomer looking to try it out for the first time, our advice is to hit the free practice tables first of all. Play a few rounds on there and learn the different bets, their odds and payouts.
Remember this: it is a very rare thing to find an online casino offering true odds on the outcome of a bet, so make sure to boost your chances of success by taking the Odds bet the next time you visit your betting site.Last update: 30-09-2019